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Joy, Hope, and the Praxis of Charity

2015 is the 50th anniversary of Gaudium et Spes (“Joy and Hope”), one of the four Apostolic Constitutions resulting from the Second Vatican Council. The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns is hosting a conference focusing on the legacy and impact of this historic document, and what its message of “joy and hope” has […]

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Reflections on Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Notre Dame students lined both sides of the street from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to the university’s cemetery, witnessing in solidarity as ROTC students provided an honor guard for the casket of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. The University he loved and called home paid a fond farewell to the man who led the […]


One Family Under God

Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of the Epiphany, remembering the journey of the strangers from afar who were drawn by a strange and mysterious light to leave the comfort of their homelands and embark on a journey, led only by a star. They didn’t know what they’d find at the end of their journey – […]


Silent Night, Holy Night

Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright I admit it – It’s easy to get a little jaded. Every year, the familiar holiday jingles on the radio are used to encourage us to show how much we care for our family and friends by purchasing them the hottest new gadget, car, or […]


Rich in Diversity, Richer Still in Unity

In 8th-century paintings found in Greek monasteries, she is portrayed with a jeweled crown and a somber expression. Leonardo da Vinci painted her wearing the simple, flowing robes of a Renaissance noblewoman. So-called “Black Madonnas,” which feature depictions of Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, with darker skin pigmentation, can be found in countries in southern […]

Catholic Charities USA celebrates "Setting the Pace, Changing The Course" at its Annual Gathering in Charlotte, NC

An Unexpected Moment

When I arrived in Charlotte, I thought I knew what to expect. I knew that I could count on the 2014 Annual Gathering to showcase the Southern hospitality of the “Queen City,” provide a chance to re-connect with old friends and make new ones, and be an opportunity to learn from informative workshops and keynote […]


Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

During my time as President, we’ve held the Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering in Portland, Minneapolis, New Orleans, St. Louis, and many other communities, each eager to showcase what makes them unique and host the Catholic Charities network for a time to re-connect, learn, and share. This year, our network will come together in Charlotte, […]


Supporting the working poor and those seeking work

We often hear that “the best program for fighting poverty is a job.” I agree. But for so many of those living on the margins of our society, a steady job that pays enough to support themselves and their families remains out of reach. This Labor Day, as we take time to recognize the value and […]